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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689850816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689850813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-Amanda Jane Keeling, 14, has answered only to the name "Rebel" since she was two. When her grandmother, sick of the confinements of assisted living, joins an elderly friend, Viola, in buying an old rooming house near the University of Washington, Rebel and Vi's grandson, Moses, are asked to help paint, clean, and get the house ready for roomers. Rebel, at 5'10", is immediately taken with the 6'6" Moses. Much to his father's dismay, Moses wants to write, direct, and produce films rather than enter law. He carries an old video camera around, inadvertently filming a young man as he is grabbing back a $20 bill after purchasing a candy bar at the local mom-and-pop store. This brief encounter sets in motion a nighttime break-in at the old house, a nearly missing Irish wolfhound, and the cracking of a band of young counterfeiters, and, in the end, the teens realize that they should have called on the police sooner rather than sleuthing on their own. Rebel is an engaging, independent character; the photo on the jacket will appeal to middle school kids. Unfortunately, the mystery unfolds too slowly to hook them, and this uneven pacing leaves all of the suspense until the very end.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4-6. Despite her name and early contrarian beginnings, 14-year-old Rebel, who is really a pretty agreeable girl, opts to spend some time with her grandmother, helping to rehab an old boarding house in Seattle. There she meets 15-year-old Moses, an aspiring filmmaker and the grandson of Gram's business partner, Viola. While walking a dog, the young people inadvertently videotape a robbery/counterfeiting incident. They realize they should turn the matter over to the police, but the chance to solve the crime on their own is very appealing, even in the face of the danger that it causes them and their families. Roberts usually excels at mystery plotting and suspense, and this novel is no exception, with criminal suspects lining up to rent rooms from Gram at an alarming rate. Although Rebel seems to spend an inordinate amount of time privately considering Moses' marriage potential (his major attraction--he is taller than her five feet, 10 inches), this is an entertaining mystery that will attract readers of all sizes. Kay Weisman
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I personally thought that this book was a great mystery book. The main character in this book is Amanda Jane Keeling. But ever since she was two, her name was Rebel. For when she was just a little baby, and such a stubborn baby she was, she would scream and cry until she got what she wanted. This book begins when she has to go to her grandmother's house while her parents go to Europe. Along the way, she meets a boy who is actually taller than her (she is five foot eight). They together find counterfeit money, footprints, and a door open in the middle of the night, stolen money and a video camera, and they find their dog missing. This book is a great book if you like mysteries. This has been my favorite mystery book so far and I would definitely recommend it.
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By Andrew Orndorff on November 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at a thrift store to use in my classroom library and decided to read it before putting it in front of the kids. I had to abandon it due to the poor writing and awful treatment of the lead character. Half of the book is spent bemoaning how terrible it is to be tall and female, the other half is spent considering what traits are most desirable in a husband. The main character is 14 and her only ambition is to be married. After repeatedly stating that it's best for women to be "pretty and petite" there is a chance at redemption when the main male character, Moses, says that his tall uncle says you should marry a woman who you like, no matter what she looks like or how tall she is--only to then say that he went ahead and married a pretty and petite woman anyway, because obviously that's what all men want. Rebel gets her name for her free spirited nature and the first chapter sets her up as an adventurous risk-taker, until she meets Moses in chapter 2 and then it's all "He's tall, that would be good in a husband," "He likes dogs, that's a must in a husband," "Thank goodness I wore my cute jeans and t-shirt, I wouldn't want to look unkempt in front of this boy who is so tall and therefore marriageable" etc...

On top of that, Moses and Rebel are absurdly stupid. Moses is filming a deli when a man runs out of it and knocks an old lady down as he scrambles to flee. At no point do either of them think "maybe he robbed the store" which seemed an obvious conclusion. But it gets even more unbelievable. Three entire pages are spent with the deli owners going "we didn't a good look at the thief, should we call 911? Did anyone see what he looked like?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joanntreat on May 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found the cover looked intresting so i bought i read and im glad. i was hopeing there would be another to follow .... it was that good and my daughter likes to.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Gardner on September 4, 2014
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never ordered it
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